The Judiciary scheduled the investigative statement of Alberto Fujimori for the case of forced sterilizations committed during his government, between 1996 and 2000, informed Infobae Peru María Ysabel Cedano, lawyer for the Study for the Defense of Women’s Rights (DEMUS). .
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The procedure, at the request of the Supreme Court of Chile, will take place on Friday, May 19, at 9:30 am, in the Barbadillo prison. The Transitory Liquidator Supraprovincial Criminal Court ordered that the proceeding be framed within the alleged crime of serious injuries followed by death.
“We consider that it is a great advance and a great victory,” said Cedano, who together with Milton Campos forms the legal defense of the cases of Mamérita Mestanza and Celia Ramos, fatalities of Fujimori politics.
“Since the judicial investigation was opened, Alberto Fujimori has been accused, but suspended as a defendant until the extradition is extended. We have done a lot to expedite this process from Peru. That now, finally, the Chilean Justice calls him to testify means that he is taking all the measures seriously to make a prompt decision on the matter”, the lawyer qualified.
In April 2022, Judge Littman Ramírez asked the Chilean government to extend the extradition charges against the dictator so that he could eventually be tried for this emblematic case.
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Fujimori, currently incarcerated in the prison of the Directorate of Special Operations (Diroes), was extradited from Chile, where he fled, on September 21, 2007, for seven cases -two related to human rights violations and five for corruption- that resulted in in a sentence of 25 years in prison.
However, the forced sterilization case was not included in the original extradition request.
The reclusive dictator is accused of executing a birth control public policy without informed consent or “consideration of a series of factors such as […] adequate infrastructure, specialized medical personnel […]which resulted in serious injuries to a large number of women,” according to the resolution of Littman, head of the Transitory Liquidating Supraprovincial Criminal Court.
Some 270,000 Peruvian women, many of them Quechua-speaking and poor, underwent tubal ligation surgeries as part of the National Program for Reproductive Health and Family Planning, which Fujimori carried out in his last four years in power.
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